How being Indian became cool

In my United Nations years, one of the dilemmas foreigners often confronted was in dealing with the...

By Shashi Tharoor | May 07, 2017
Shobhaa De

Shobhaa De

Novelist and columnist Shobhaa De has always been outspoken in her writing and views on urban India. The former editor of magazines like Stardust, Society and Celebrity, has been a model and scriptwriter.


  • Second time lucky

    Second time lucky

    By Shobhaa De | May 07, 2017

    My first trip to the Maldives was a complete disaster. I was invited to a literary festival by well-meaning organisers who assumed there were readers in Malé—the capital city...

  • A city of neo hijabis

    A city of neo hijabis

    By Shobhaa De | March 26, 2017

    I was back in one of this region’s most fascinating cities after a year or so. The last time I was there, the city was like a war zone, with barricades, roadblocks and cops...

  • Voice of sanity

    Voice of sanity

    By Shobhaa De | February 26, 2017

    It is hard to believe Dehradun resident Anurag Chauhan, who calls himself a social activist, is just 22 years old. He has certainly achieved a lot for his age, starting with an...

  • Fest impressions

    Fest impressions

    By Shobhaa De | February 12, 2017

    The JLF jamboree marks the end of the Lit Fest season in India. The caravan then moves to other climes, other less sexy cities... and life for us hacks goes back to its daily,...

  • Love in the time of scoops

    Love in the time of scoops

    By Shobhaa De | January 15, 2017

    Just as 2016 was winding down and the overall mood was pretty gloomy (Narendra Modi was still playing Marie Antoinette and urging Indians to eat cake if there was no money for...

  • Man who should be Bond

    Man who should be Bond

    By Shobhaa De | January 01, 2017

    A couple of weeks ago, my youngest daughter launched Risque—her fashion and fitness blog. While planning the event, she asked me who should be the chief guest. Without missing a...

  • Old man and the beach

    Old man and the beach

    By Shobhaa De | December 18, 2016

    Even the shortest trip to Goa throws up fabulous surprises. I am not talking about the latest bars, restaurants, bistros, art galleries, boutiques and beach shacks. I’m referring...

  • Rebuilding Nepal

    Rebuilding Nepal

    By Shobhaa De | December 04, 2016

    I was back in Kathmandu for the first time since the devastating earthquake of 2015, which had claimed 9,000 lives. As a destination, Kathmandu has always enticed me. I am not...

  • Life and its magic

    Life and its magic

    By Shobhaa De | November 20, 2016

    She is a hardworking, tiny but tough freelance cook, who whips up delicious meals in various south Mumbai homes. Over time, she has gained the trust and admiration of the...

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